TxDOT re-introducing 'Five for Drive' campaign to keep young drivers safe

TxDOT re-introducing 'Five for Drive' campaign to keep young drivers safe

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is hosting the Ford Driving Skills for Life program. NHTSA data shows that over 50 percent of teen drivers killed in vehicle crashes were unbelted in 2016, as were more than 60 percent of teen passengers who perished. Share the Keys is a research-based driver education initiative created to provide the parents of teen drivers with the tools and resources they need to build and reinforce safe driving habits. In the last five years, there has been a total of 89,029 teen driver crashes in Alabama with almost 200 teen driver deaths and more than 11,500 injuries. One maybe-not-so-surprising thing they found is that teen drivers may be overconfident behind the wheel.

The handbook also emphasizes critical tips for coaches -; such as knowing when to call a "time out" and pull over when stress levels rise, and the importance of conducting a "post-game analysis" with your teen after the driving lesson to review what went well and where they can still improve.

Experts attribute teens' heightened risk of involvement in a crash to their overconfidence, inexperience, and an increased likelihood to speed, make mistakes, and get distracted - especially if their friends are in the auto. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that the number of teen driving deaths nationwide fell from 4,981 in 2007 to 2,715 in 2015, the previous year in which figures are available.

This week marks the tenth anniversary of National Teen Driver Safety Week.

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In 2015, nearly 2,000 teen drivers were involved in fatal traffic crashes, resulting in more than 2,000 deaths nationwide.

Parents can help protect their teen drivers by talking with them about these risks. "We really must turn this trend back around", said Mullen. Remind your teen to always drive within the speed limit.

No speeding. Greater speed equals less reaction time, especially for drivers with less experience. The likelihood of teen drivers engaging in risky behaviors triples when driving with multiple passengers. However, with all of these activities, teens tend to compromise something very important: sleep. According to data from the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) and National Safety Council (NSC) research, more U.S. teens are killed by vehicle crashes than anything else and they're three times more likely to be involved in a crash compared to a more experience driver. Make sure your teen gets a good night's sleep; their grades, their friends, their passengers, and other drivers will thank them because they'll be a safer driver. "We need parents to set the rules before their teens hit the road", added Martinez.

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